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Whitman is the daughter of investment advisor Martin J. Whitman, namesake of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She has two brothers: James Whitman, a professor at Yale Law School, and Thomas Whitman, a professor of music at Swarthmore College. Her aunt is judge Phyllis W. Beck, who served on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and was married to the University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist Aaron Beck. Her cousin is psychologist Judith S. Beck, who co-founded the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.



Whitman attended the Dalton School and graduated from the Elizabeth Seeger School. She attended Bennington College and graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 1988 and received an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2005.

Whitman is a former theater actress who made her Broadway debut producing A Raisin in the Sun (2004). She has won multiple Tony and Drama League Awards for producing Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Fun Home, Red, Angels in America, and The Humans.

In 2021, Whitman endowed the Barbara Whitman Award to support a female, trans or non-binary early-career stage director. She sits on the Board of Governors and the executive committee of the The Broadway League.

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Barbara Whitman Awards and Nominations


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Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Play

Barbara WhitmanThe Humans


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Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Musical

Barbara Whitman, Fun Home


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Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Revival of a Musical

Barbara Whitman, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Musical

Barbara Whitman, Next to Normal

Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Play

Barbara Whitman, 33 Variations

Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Revival of a Play

Barbara Whitman, Mary Stuart

Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Musical

Barbara Whitman, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Musical

Barbara Whitman, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Revival of a Play

Barbara Whitman, A Raisin in the Sun

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See Norm Lewis, Linda Eder & More Next Month at 54 Below

54 has unveiled its June lineup featuring Norm Lewis, Linda Eder and more. See the full lineup and learn how to purchase tickets.
Director Rebecca Aparicio To Receive SDCF's 2024 Barbara Whitman Award

Established by theatrical producer Barbara Whitman in 2021, this award recognizes a woman, trans, or non-binary director who has developed a clear and distinctive artistic voice and demonstrated unique vision in their theatrical work.
Freestyle Love Supreme, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and John Lloyd Young Will Headline Transport Group Gala

Transport Group has announced performers for its 2024 gala will include Tony Award winners Freestyle Love Supreme, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and John Lloyd Young.  
New Musical TEETH Gets Second Extension At Playwrights Horizons

Due to popular demand, the new Off-Broadway musical TEETH has extended its run again. Get the latest updates on the show's schedule and more.
Columbia University School of the Arts Will Honor Sheila Nevins, Paul Libin, and Hugh Hayden This Month

Two industry icons, Sheila Nevins and Paul Libin, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards by Columbia University School of the Arts on March 25, 2024. Also honored will be rising star, artist Hugh Hayden.
Transport Group 2024 Gala Will Honor Jennifer Costello and Jan Svendsen Weiss This April

Transport Group has announced that its 2024 gala will honor Broadway producer Jennifer Costello and Activate4Good founder Jan Svendsen Weiss with its Transporting American Theatre Award on Tuesday, April 30, at The Edison Ballroom, 240 West 47 Street.
NEXT TO NORMAL, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and More Set For Barrington Stage Company's 2024 Season

Barrington Stage Company will celebrate its 30th anniversary season with two major musical revivals, a world premiere play, two regional premiere plays and a comedy featuring three of BSC’s most beloved associate artists. Learn more about the season lineup here!
Ella Beatty To Join The Company Of Broadway's APPROPRIATE

Broadway's critically acclaimed production of APPROPRIATE by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will to welcome actress Ella Beatty to its cast when the production continues its limited  extended engagement at the Belasco Theatre in March.
Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs Present ALABASTER This March

Brown/Trinity Rep presents student thesis ALABASTER, a compelling play exploring the power of connection and healing.
Circle Theatre Artistic Director To Direct EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR At Theatre Wesleyan, February 15-25

Circle Theatre Artistic Director, Ashley H. White, will direct Lauren Gunderson's 'EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR' at Theatre Wesleyan from Feb. 15-25.
Steven Pasquale Joins the Cast of Michael R. Jackson and Anna K. Jacobs's TEETH

Get the latest news on the cast of TEETH, the new musical by Michael R. Jackson and Anna K. Jacobs. Broadway star Steven Pasquale joins the talented ensemble in this limited engagement at Playwrights Horizons.
Jason Gotay, Alyse Alan Louis & More to Star in Michael R. Jackson and Anna K. Jacobs's TEETH

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Goodspeed to Present New Works at the 18th Annual Festival of New Musicals

Goodspeed Musicals has announced a Festival of New Musicals taking place in January. Stay tuned for exciting new productions and performances!
New York Stage and Film Launches '40 Campaign'

New York Stage and Film has successfully launched the “NYSAF 40 Campaign: The Foundation of American Storytelling” in honor of their 40th Anniversary in 2025. For nearly four decades, NYSAF has been an integral part of the arts in the U.S. and vital to the creation of thousands of new stories for the stage and screen.
Photos: SPAIN, Starring Marin Ireland and Andrew Burnap, Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway

Check out opening night red carpet photos of Second Stage Theater's production of Spain, starring Marin Ireland, Andrew Burnap, and more!
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and NEXT TO NORMAL Set For Barrington Stage Company's 2024 Season

Initial productions have been announced for the 2024 season at Barrington Stage Compapny, which will also mark BSC’s 30th anniversary. Learn more about the lineup here!
Nominations Are Now Accepted For SDCF's 2024 Barbara Whitman Award

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), announced today that nominations for the 2024 Barbara Whitman Award are now being accepted through December 13, 2023.
Meet Columbia Alumni Behind Some of Broadway's Biggest Hits

Did you know that these Columbia alumni are behind some of Broadway’s biggest hits?

Barbara Whitman FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What awards has Barbara Whitman been nominated for?

Barbara Whitman has been nominated for various Tony Awards, including Best Play for The Humans, Best Musical for Fun Home, Best Revival of a Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Best Musical for Next to Normal, Best Play for 33 Variations, Best Revival of a Play for Mary Stuart, Best Musical for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Best Musical for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Best Revival of a Play for A Raisin in the Sun.

What awards has Barbara Whitman won?

Barbara Whitman has won the Tony Award for Best Play for The Humans, Best Musical for Fun Home, and Best Revival of a Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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